Donald Trump, Melania Trump Begin Quarantine Process After Aide Hope Hicks Gets COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Thursday evening that he and first lady Melania Trump are waiting for their COVID-19 test results after aide and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" Trump tweeted at 10:44 p.m.

Earlier on Thursday, the White House circulated the president's public schedule for Friday which included a rally at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. It is currently unknown if the president will go ahead with Friday's rally.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

Hicks started to feel mild symptoms on Wednesday's plane ride back to Washington, D.C. from the president's Minnesota campaign rally, according to the Associated Press. On that flight, Hicks was kept away from others, an administration official told the AP. Prior to feeling symptoms, Hicks also attended Tuesday's presidential debate in Cleveland.

Donald Trump mentioned Hicks coming down with COVID-19 on Sean Hannity's show Thursday evening. He confirmed to the host that he had just taken a test, but had not heard the results. The results are expected to be available either Thursday night or Friday morning, according to the AP.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced they were starting quarantine procedures after aide Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19. Win McNamee/Getty

"White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling," White House spokesman, Judd Deere told the AP in a statement.

Before appearing on Thursday's episode of Hannity, Trump attended a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to his public schedule. He also spoke at the 75th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner—however that event was held virtually due to the pandemic. The president delivered his remarks from the White House.

"We mourn for all of those who lost a loved one, and in their memory, we will defeat the virus. Through advances in treatment, we have reduced the fatality rate by 85 percent since just April. We are on track to develop and distribute a vaccine before the end of the year, and maybe substantially before. And I just want to say that the end of the pandemic is in sight, and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country," Trump said at the dinner.

Hicks is not the only White House staffer to have tested positive for the coronavirus, however, the Associated Press described her as one of Trump's "closest aides." In the recent past, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and Katie Miller, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for COVID, as has one of the president's valets, according to the AP.

On average, someone with COVID-19 shows symptoms five days after being infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.